May 2017: Launch of the Street Society Booklet
The Street Society 2017 booklet was launched today, the 8th May, in the Great Hall at QUB. Community Clients, Urban Village Team, Queen’s Staff and Students were present for the launch and the accompanying exhibition.
The Vice Chancellor in his opening address said: “Queen’s is a world-class, international University, that supports outstanding students and staff, however we also are very proud that we support our local community here in Northern Ireland, focused on the needs of the society we all live in. Queen’s is committed to drawing together our communities, students and researchers to work on projects that benefit us all. The Street Society project brings the skill and resource of our students to areas with a history of deprivation and tension.
This year the annual design and research ‘live’ project saw over 100 talented, undergraduate and postgraduate architecture students from the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s working on briefs set by the local community groups, across the five Urban Village areas in Derry~Londonderry and Belfast. The students and community groups developed new approaches to the built environment in each of these areas, and came up with ways to capture and support the communities’ aspirations to shape the place where they live and work.
I know some inventive ideas and designs have been developed for the community groups to take forward and lobby for new public space to be created. I hope that some of these ideas and designs you have produced together will become real in the not so distant future.”
Linsey Farrell, Programme Director for the Urban Villages Initiative in her opening speech commented: “In my opinion, Street Society captures perfectly the essence of the Urban Villages Initiative. We have three key aims which are; to foster positive community identities, to build community capacity and to improve the physical environment and it is great to see Street Society ticking all these boxes. The Urban Villages Initiative is a headline action within the Northern Ireland Executive’s Together: Building a United Community strategy, and it is designed to improve good relations outcomes and develop thriving places where there has been a history of deprivation and community tension.
I am delighted that the Street Society project supports the aims of the Urban Villages Initiative so well. The feedback I have received is that it has had such a positive impact on everyone involved and particularly from the community clients. We were so impressed at the creative and innovative solutions that the students came up with in such a short period of time.”
For the full transcription of Prof Ruth Morrow’s speech see :
The work of Street Society has been recognised by the
2017 SEED + dbXchange + Live Projects Network Awards
For excellence in public interest design
Street Society was one of six international projects recognised by this internationally Networked Award. The winning projects from USA and Europe all demonstrated exceptional social, economic, environmental, and pedagogic impact. This year the SEED + dbXchange + Live Projects Network Awards represented the greater scale and growing relationships needed to create truly sustainable projects and positive change in all communities globally.
The winners were invited to present at the seventeenth annual Structures for Inclusion Conference in Portland, on April 7 and 8 at the Center for Public Interest, Portland State University, Portland. Information: https://designcorps.org/sfi/